A Bangor manufacturing company – better known for making airplane parts and hair brushes – is creating 130 new jobs after landing a £19 million contract to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for a health trust.
The deal for plastics specialist Denroy marks a major shift for the business which pivoted into PPE production in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Its business was built around the Denman hair brush, a product which continues to be sold across the world, as well as brackets and other specialist plastic parts for the aerospace industry.
A slowdown in the aerospace industry and a desire to help out health workers in light of the pandemic was the trigger for the move into PPE which was designed by Denroy’s engineers.
Its single use mask filters 99% of particles from the air, including the small respiratory droplets where coronavirus can be found.
Under the new contract with Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, the masks will be used by frontline workers across the province, from intensive care staff to community care staff.
“We are proud of our staff and of our ingenuity over the last year, and the contribution we made during a time of national crisis,” CEO of Denroy Group, Kevin McNamee said, adding that the company has also invested £3 million in a new manufacturing plant. “Our plans are to grow our business further, create more jobs and build on this contract in our target markets of Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and the United States in the coming year. We have drawn on the extensive expertise of the team at Invest NI and we’re very grateful for their support.”
Invest NI has offered Denroy Group Ltd £1.5m of support towards the creation of all 130 jobs, which includes a repayable loan of £900,000. The company has already created all of the new jobs.